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Eric Jorink

  • Prof. dr. Eric Jorink
  • Researcher
  • Department of History of Science and Scholarship
  • Specialisation: scientific culture of the early-modern era
  • eric.jorink@huygens.knaw.nl
  • +31 (0)20-2246867

Biography:

Eric Jorink (1963) studied History and Philosophy at the University of Groningen and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He was lauréat of the Fondation Prix de Paris in 1993. In 2004 he was awarded his doctorate cum laude at the University of Groningen for a thesis on the relation between science and religion in the Dutch Golden Age. The dissertation was awarded with a prize of the prestigious Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. Since 2001 Jorink has been working as a researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (KNAW – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague. Jorink has widely published on the scientific culture in early modern Europe, including the culture of collecting, the relation between art and science, and the emergence of radical biblical criticism.

In 2012-213 he was Andrew W. Mellon visiting professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Here he taught, together with Joanna Woodall, the MA ‘Visualizing Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands’ and was member of the Research Forum. Jorink is currently finishing a biography of Johannes Swammerdam (1637-1680). He is book review editor of Isis. An International Review devoted to the History of Science and its Cultural Influence, and is member of the editorial board of Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art. In 2013 he was appointed professor extraordinarius at Leiden university, on behalf of Teylers Foundation, ‘Enlightenment and Religion’.

Research and other projects:

Additional Positions

  • Secretary Dr. C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Stichting
  • Professor by special appointment Teylers Stichtingat the Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University

Major publications:

  • (With D. van Miert eds) Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship.  Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 214 (Leiden 2012).
  • (With A. Maas eds) Newton and the Netherlands. How Isaac Newton was fashioned in the Dutch Republic  (Leiden 2012) .
  • (With B. Ramakers eds) Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries. Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art/Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 61 (Zwolle 2011).
  • Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 191. Translated by Peter Mason (Leiden 2010).

Publications

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Books and edited volumes

  • De Ark, de Tempel en het Museum. Veranderende modellen van kennis in de Eeuw van de Verlichting. Inaugural lecture Leiden University, 16 June 2014 (Haarlem 2014).
  • (With D. van Miert eds) Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 214 (Leiden 2012).
  • (With A. Maas eds) Newton and the Netherlands. How Isaac Newton was fashioned in the Dutch Republic (Leiden 2012) .
  • (With B. Ramakers eds) Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries. Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art/Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 61 (Zwolle 2011).
  • Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 191. Translated by Peter Mason (Leiden 2010).
  • Het ‘Boeck der natuere’. Nederlands geleerden en de wonderen van Gods schepping (1575-1715) (Leiden 2006).
  • Wetenschap en wereldbeeld in de Gouden Eeuw (Hilversum 1999)
  • (With F. Egmond and R. Vermij, eds., Kometen, monsters en muilezels. Het veranderende natuurbeeld en de natuurwetenschap in de zeventiende eeuw (Haarlem 1999)

Articles

  • ‘Snakes, Fungi and Insects. Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Johannes Swammerdam and Spontaneous Generation’ in: K. Enenkel en P.J. Smith eds, Natural History and the Arts from the Perspective of Religion and Politics (17th -18th centuries). Intersections 34 (Leiden 2014) 196-233.
  • ‘De profeet en de boekhouder. Johannes Swammerdam, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek en de begindagen van de microscopie’ in: L. Van Speybroeck en J.Braeckman (eds), Fascinerend leven. Markante figuren en ideeën uit de geschiedenis van de biologie (Gent 2013) 175-205
  • ‘Sloane and the Dutch Connection’  in: A. Walker, M. Hunter, and A. MacGregor eds, From Books to Bezoars. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) and his Collections (London 2012) 50-67.
  • (With Huib Zuidervaart) ‘‘The miracle of our time’. How Newton was fashioned in the Dutch Republic’ in: E. Jorink en Ad Maas eds, Newton and the Netherlands. How Isaac Newton was fashioned in the Dutch Republic (Leiden 2012) 1-63.
  • ‘In the Twilight Zone. Isaac Vossius  and the Scientific Communities in France, England and the Dutch Republic’  in: E. Jorink and D. van Miert eds., Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship.  Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 214 (Leiden 2012) 119-156 .
  • (With D. van Miert) ‘The Challenger. Isaac Vossius and the European World of Learning’ in: E. Jorink and  D. van Miert eds., Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship.  Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 214 (Leiden 2012) 1-14.
  • (With D. van Miert) ‘Epilogue. Isaac Vossius in Context’ in: E. Jorink and  D. van Miert eds., Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship.  Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 214 (Leiden 2012) 311-319.
  • ‘Beyond the Lines of Apelles. Johannes Swammerdam, Dutch Scientific Culture, and the Representation of Insect Anatomy’ in:  E. Jorink and B. Ramakers eds, Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries. Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art/Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 61 (Zwolle 2011) 148-184.
  • ‘Noah’s Ark Restored (and Wrecked): Dutch Collectors, Natural History and the Problem of Biblical Exegesis’ in: S. Dupré en C. Lüthy eds, Silent Messengers. The Circulation of Material Objects of Knowledge in the Early Modern Low Countries (Berlijn etc. 2011) 153-184.
  • ‘Undivided territory. ‘Art’ and ‘Science’ in the Early Modern Netherlands’ in: E. Jorink and B. Ramakers eds, Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries. Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art/Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 61 (Zwolle 2011) 6-33.
  • ‘‘Horrible and Blasphemous’. Isaac la Peyrère, Isaac Vossius and the Emergence of Radical Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Republic’ in: J. van der Meer and S. Mandelbrote eds, Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic religions: Up to 1700. Brill’s Series in Church History 36, 4 vols (Leiden 2009) 429-450.
  • ‘Honouring Sir Isaac, or, Exorcising the Ghost of Spinoza. Some Remarks on the Success of Newton in the Dutch Republic’ in: S. Ducheyne ed., Future Perspectives on Newton Scholarship and the Newtonian Legacy in Eighteenth-Century Science and Philosophy. Verhandelingen van de koninklijke Vlaamse academie van België voor wetenschappen en kunsten (Brussel 2009) 23-34.
  • ‘Comets in context. Some thoughts on Bayle’s Pensées diverses’ in: W. van Bunge and H. Bots eds, Pierre Bayle (1647-1706): le philosophe de Rotterdam: Philosophy, Religion and Reception. Selected Papers of the Tercentenary Conference held at Rotterdam, 7 – 8 December 2006. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 167 (Leiden 2008) 35-50.
  • ‘De logica van de luis. Johannes Goedaert (1617-1668) en Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680)’ in: Kunstschrift (2008) nr. 1, 10-17
  • ‘Between emblematics and the argument from design. The representation of insects in the Dutch Republic’ in: K.A.E. Enenkel, E.E.P. Kolfin and P.J. Smith eds., Early modern zoology: The construction of animals in science, literature and the visual arts. Intersections: Yearbook for Early Modern Studies 7 (Leiden 2007) 147-175.
  • ‘Alles hangt met alles samen. Enige opmerkingen over de achttiende-eeuwse verzamelcultuur in de Republiek’, De Achttiende Eeuw 39 (2007) 42-51
  • ‘Johannes Heurnius (1543-1601) and Otto Heurnius (1577-1652)’ in: W.F. Bynum en H. Bynum eds, Dictionary of Medical Biography (Westport 2007) 641-642.
  • ‘Levinus Lemnius (1505-1568)’ in: Bynum en Bynum, Dictionary of Medical Biography, 780-781.
  • ‘Willem Piso (1611-1678)’ in: Bynum en Bynum, Dictionary of Medical Biography, 1203-1207.
  • ‘Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680)’ in: Bynum en Bynum, Dictionary of Medical Biography, 1203-1207.
  • ‘Reading the Book of Nature in the Seventeenth-century Dutch Republic’ in: K. van Berkel en A.J. Vanderjagt eds. The Book of Nature in Early Modern and Modern History (Leuven 2006) 45-68.
  • ‘‘These Wonderful Glasses’. Dutch Humanists and the Microscope, 1620-1670’ in: B. Grob en H. Hooijmaijers eds., Who needs Scientific Instruments? Conference on Scientific Instruments and their Users, 20-22 October 2005 (Leiden en Amsterdam 2006) 115-124.
  • “Outside God, there is Nothing’. Swammerdam, Spinoza and the Janus-Face of the Early Dutch Enlightenment’ in: W. van Bunge ed., The Early Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic, 1650-1750. Selected Papers of a Conference held at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbűttel, 22-23 March 2001. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 120 (Leiden etc. 2003) 81-108.
  • ‘Otto Heurnius (1577-1652)’ in: W. van Bunge e.a. eds., Dictionary of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Dutch Philosophers (Bristol 2003) 430-432.
  • ‘Johannes de Mey (1617-1678)’ in: Van Bunge e.a. eds., Dictionary, 691-694.
  • ‘Nicolaus Mulerius (1564-1630)’ in: Van Bunge e.a. eds., Dictionary, 712-714
  • ‘Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680)’ in: Van Bunge e.a. eds., Dictionary, 960-963.
  • ‘‘Alle bedenckelijcke curieusheden’. Delftse verzamelingen en de ontwikkeling van de natuurwetenschap in de Republiek’ in: E. Bergvelt, M. Jonker en A. Wiechmann eds, Schatten in Delft. Burgers verzamelen 1600-1750 (Zwolle 2002) 101-126.
  • ‘Van omineuze tot glorieuze tekens. Veranderende opvattingen over kometen in de zeventiende eeuw’ in: F. Egmond, E. Jorink and R. Vermij eds., Kometen, monsters en muilezels. Het veranderende natuurbeeld en de natuurwetenschap in de zeventiende eeuw (Haarlem 1999) 89-104.
  • ‘Tussen Aristoteles en Copernicus. De natuurfiloso­fi­sche opvattingen van Nicolaus Mulerius (1564-1630)’ in: H. Krop, J. van Ruler en A. Vanderjagt eds, Zeer geleerde professoren. De beoefening van de filosofie in Groningen, 1614-1996 (Hilversum 1997) 69-84.
  • ‘In conflict met de Groningse theologen’ in: J. van Maanen ed., Een complexe grootheid. Leven en werken van Johann Bernoulli, 1667-1748 (Utrecht 1995) 49-68.
  • ‘Tekenen van Gods gramschap. Wonderbaarlijke na­tuurver­schijnselen in de Republiek in de 16e en 17e eeuw’, Groniek nr. 127 (1995) 176-188.
  • ‘Hemelse tekenen. Nederlandse opvat­tingen over de komeet van 1618’, Gewina 17 (1994) 68-71.
  • ‘Mededogen, hoop en woorden van vermaning. Nederlandse reacties op de valse joodse messias Sabbetai Sevi’, Groniek nr. 123 (1993) 46-88.